Cricket Australia and TEN execs have reportedly flow to the US to meet with CBS brass in an attempt to strike new deals.
During the last negotiations last Nine was forced to up its bid from $45m to about $80m for the international rights. TEN got the BBL rights for $20m and it is believed that CA is expecting multiples of this in the new deal, possibly by bringing in Foxtel as a co-broadcaster
Deals for the domestic and international rights are a long way from being finalised but according to The Australian, both Nine and TEN are reluctant to stump up the sort of money CA is hoping for.
There are also suggestions of extending BBL.
Cricket Australia is planning to play an expanded finals series across the first weekends of February, leaving the week nights free.
“We’re very keen to ensure the Big Bash League season finishes with a bang and reaches a nice climax in mid-February, or even later,” Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said.
Broadcasters, however, are not impressed with the idea of more matches or having cricket on when the traditional ratings period begins.